Mieville's imagination is so charming that I found the book well worth the read just for the ideas introduced: extreme librarian bookaneers, trash can binjas, smog-possessed smombies. The characters are endearing as well and the way the book plays with the Prophesied Epic Quest trope is entertaining. If you like word play and imaginative settings like in Alice in Wonderland or Phantom Tollbooth, give this one a try.
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor